Fresh off his excommunication of millions of Protestants, Rick Santorum is now calling for the abolition of the public school system:
Speaking to the Ohio Christian Alliance, Santorum went so far as to refer to public schools as "factories" and say that federal or state support for education is an "anachronism."http://www.latimes.com/...
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Santorum often speaks about how he and his wife home-school their children. He devotes a chapter to it in his book, "It Takes a Family," acknowledging that he is "something of a salesman for home schooling and for cyber-schooling," but conceding that it is not for everyone.
On Saturday, he went further, seeming to attack the very idea of public education.
In the nation's past, he said, "Most presidents home-schooled their children in the White House.… Parents educated their children because it was their responsibility.
"Yes, the government can help, but the idea that the federal government should be running schools, frankly much less that the state government should be running schools, is anachronistic."
(Aside from schools for the children of military personnel, the federal government does not actually operate schools. Most U.S. schools are supported primarily by state or local funding, or a combination of the two.)
Santorum said the public education system was an artifact of the Industrial Revolution, "when people came off the farms where they did home school or had a little neighborhood school, and into these big factories … called public schools."
So, according to Rick, everyone she either home school their child (with of course the mother staying home), pay a primary and secondary school version of the University of Phoenix, or (probably his preference given the role Protestanism played in the creation of the public school system) send them to parochial schools with, in this instance, the government footing the bill.
And he appears to want to take the country back to the pre-Industrial Revolution glory days. 1850, or earlier. Most Republicans would be happy if they could just wipe out the 20th century, and go back to 1890. But Rick, trailblazer that he is, wants to go back even further. Maybe the Middle Ages, prior to the Reformation, would be the ideal for this sectarian lunatic.